The swordsman Romain Cannone offered France its first gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics this Sunday by beating the Hungarian Gergely Siklosi 15 touches to 10. Guest of Europe Evening, the former Minister of Sports and Olympic champion of fencing, Laura Flessel returned to her performance and did not hide her joy.


Selected at the last minute, a novice at the Olympic Games, an atypical size and a record hitherto virgin: at 24 years old, Romain Cannone, caused a sensation this Sunday by winning the épée tournament, synonymous with the first Olympic title for the French delegation in Tokyo.

Guest of Europe Evening, the five-time Olympic medalist in this sport, Laura Flessel, did not hide her joy after this victory.

"I am proud because it is the youth. It is also a new generation. After Amandine and Luka, it is Romain's turn and we are delighted," she assured.

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"He played a great fencing"

The former Minister of Sports who herself won two gold medals at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996, also commented on the performance of the swordsman, who beat several seeds in these Olympic Games. "He was strong, he was in the action. He was not a spectator of his matches but a decision maker. He played a good fencing and was in the opposition, in the action, in the cons offensive. He touched down, up. It was nice to see the way he handled that pleasure. He was really proud to represent France, but he had fun and it's really really hot in the heart, "continued Laura Flessel.

For her, Romain Cannone was in the creativity during these Games. "He brought a certain serenity around the track and it's always pleasant to be able to follow a fencer who brings a certain madness in his game, concluded the former high-level sportswoman. This sport is about touching without touching yourself. to touch and with him, all the opportunities were beautiful. So hat champion ".